Express Entry #172: 4,750 ITAs are issued in the new draw

Express Entry #172: 4,750 ITAs are issued in the new draw

Canada held its 172th Express Entry draw on January 8. A total of 4,750 ITA are issued.

This was the second invitation round held in two days. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in this round was 461.

Two days ago, Canada kicked off the new year issuing invitations to Express Entry candidates who have provincial nominations.

A total of 250 candidates were invited by Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in the January 6 draw and they needed a minimum score of 813.

Canada’s main three categories are managed under the Express Entry System are: –

In the Express Entry system, eligible candidates for the FSWC, FSTC, CEC programs, and some Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates are scored based on the Comprehensive Ranking System, or CRS.


Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) applied a tie break rule in today’s draw; candidates had to have submitted their profiles before September 12, 2020, at 20:46:32 UTC.. This means that all candidates with CRS scores above 461, as well as those with scores of 461 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this date and time, received an ITA.


Candidates are ranked in the pool based on the CRS that considers 4 main factors: –

  1. Age
  2. Education
  3. Skilled work experience
  4. Proficiency in English or French

While a job offer is not required in order to be eligible under the Express Entry system, the CRS does award additional points to candidates who have one.

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